Edinburgh born Fred Jardine was an outside left with Dundee from 1958 till 1961 when he made six first team appearances.
Signed by Willie Thornton as a 17 year old from juveniles Edina Hearts, it was unfortunate for Freddie that shortly afterwards he resigned to be replaced by Bob Shankly who he thought was less keen on him.
He made his debut against his idols, Hearts, on 7th February 1959 in front of 18,000 at Tynecastle in a 1-0 loss. Fittingly, his particular favourite, Willie Bauld, whose photo Freddie carried in his wallet throughout his life, was playing that day.
In season 1959/60 he made two appearances, against Arbroath and Ayr United, while in 1960/61, his final season, he made three appearances, against Third Lanark, Ayr United and Partick Thistle.
The club was full of top players then including Gilzean, Cousin, Hamilton, Cox, Gabriel, Ure, Brown and occupying Freddie’s position, Hugh Robertson, another Scottish internationalist, while Scottish and European success awaited just round the corner. From that time he always remembered Bobby Cox as being particularly kind and supportive.
Understandably it was difficult to make the breakthrough and in May 1961 Freddie joined Luton Town, then in the old English Second Division.
There he carved out a successful career converting to left back and played 243 games, becoming a fans’ favourite with his overlapping runs and sliding tackles. He wound down with a season at Fourth Division Torquay United, retiring from professional football at 30 but continuing to play amateur into his 40’s.
Freddie was brought up in Kirkliston, West Lothian where he attended the local primary school and then Winchburgh Secondary where Willie Thornton had once been a pupil. A natural pacy athlete he won his local Gala Day sports championship and while playing for Edina Hearts his excellent form attracted his favourites Hearts who gave him a trial, ironically against Dundee Reserves. Suitably impressed, Thornton appeared unannounced at Freddie’s home to secure his signature for a £200 cash signing on fee. The following day, Hearts manager Tommy Walker also appeared unannounced intending to sign him but was too late, causing Freddie certain anguish.